Gov. Newsom, Sen. Mitchell honored as advocates for public higher ed, social justice

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Senator Holly Mitchell were the stars of CFA’s Lobby Day reception on Monday night, where they were both honored.

CFA presented Gov. Newsom with the 2019 John Travis Award to recognize a Public Higher Education Champion, and Sen. Mitchell with the Anti-Racism and Social Justice Leadership Award.  

Mitchell is a social justice advocate who has worked tirelessly to reform juvenile sentencing laws, strengthen safety net programs, and reform police policies. She also is co-authoring AB 392 alongside Dr. Shirley Weber. The legislation, which is co-sponsored by CFA, would update the standard for use of force from reasonable to necessary.

The award honored Mitchell for “standing with working families, students, and faculty of the CSU to promote anti-racist and socially-just policies, and equity in higher education,” CFA President Jennifer Eagan said.

CFA activists also presented Gov. Newsom with an award for his work in championing the CSU, and reinvesting in our university system. During his talk, Newsom thanked faculty and students for their constructive engagement and advocacy.

“Over the last decade, we stopped investing in the system and as a consequence we have paid a big price. You brought that advocacy to the forefront, you’ve been there in every forum, at every critical occasion—I just want to congratulate you for that,” Newsom said.

Click here to watch a video featuring Newsom’s full remarks.

To view a photo gallery from the reception, click here.